The Wavy Awards is an inclusive awards show amplifying the voices of historically marginalized and often excluded talent such as women, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, non-binary, and artists who identify as having disabilities. Last year, the show garnered nearly 11k views via livestream and was featured in Variety for prioritizing inclusivity and accessibility. This year The Wavys continue to manifest their vision on September 10th at The Abrons Arts Center Playhouse Theater.
5 – 6pm: Pre-show Red Carpet
6:30 – 8:30pm: Show
8:30 – 10:30pm: After Party
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The 2021 Wavy Awards focused on highlighting historically excluded talent and was put on by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the Music Inclusion Coalition and Blonde Records, and was held last October. While members of the disability community typically have to broach the need for equity, Lachi, an artist and advocate for artists with disabilities, shares that the Wavy Awards’ organizers “came to them”. The invite-only red carpet event celebrated women, non-binary, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and artists who identify as having disabilities. The event was the first awards show to fully incorporate self-description for low-vision audience members. It also featured ASL interpreters, and live-closed captioning by SignNexus.
Founded by Rebecca Autumn Sansom who runs Blonde Records, an indie label repping women, GNC, and artists of color. The Wavys celebrated artists featured on Blonde Music News Seasons 1 and 2 (2020/2021). In 2022 Blonde Music News will officially become Wavy Music News (WMN) and The Wavys 2022 will celebrate artists featured on WMN 2021/2022.
Initial research for this project was supported by a 2021 Caroline A. Hearst Choreography Fellowship from Princeton University. Onyx is co-commissioned by DanceNow, the American Dance Festival and The Joyce Theater and will premiere at Virginia Commonwealth University on October 1st, 2022. Gratitude goes to the Monira Foundation at MANA Contemporary and The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU for generous residency time to build the work.